Also known as the Geography Education Graduate Certificate Program, ProGeographer is a graduate certificate program offered yearly. This is a special program of professional development for secondary geography teachers.
This program can be completed without interrupting a teaching career by offering three online courses during the fall and spring, followed by a special field course in western Colorado during the summer. The result is a Graduate Certificate in Geography Education from the University of Northern Colorado.
"I still use things I learned from that program in class. It was really one of the most useful and applicable programs I've taken. I think that my enjoyment (and success) of the ProGeographer program is part of what motivated me to look at graduate school."
-Suzanne Dickens, Fort Collins High School, 2008 graduate of ProGeographer
For more information on the program, contact the Progeographer coordinator:
Note: You may complete the program by starting at any point in the sequence of course offerings.
Advanced Human Geography (Geography 520A) Fall 2015 and Fall 2016 semesters
This course is taught online by Dr. Timothy Vowles. A specialist in Human Geography, Tim Vowles earned his doctorate in Geography from the University of Denver in 2000. He has taught a variety of courses in the discipline including Introduction to Human Geography, Introduction to Cultural Geography, World Geography, and Urban Geography in addition to a wide array of courses focusing on urban and transport topics. Tim joined the faculty at UNC in 2008 after spending time as a professor at Colorado State University, the University of North Florida, and Victoria University of Wellington in Wellington, New Zealand.
Dr. Timothy Vowles
Urban Geography (Geography 520B) Spring 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters
This course is also taught online by Dr. Timothy Vowles.
Teaching Geography (Geography 513) Spring 2016 and Spring 2017 semesters
This course is taught online by Dr. James Dunn, the director of the certificate program and specialist in geography education.
The Field Course: Field Geography (Geography 592) Early August, 2016
The field course begins with online readings and preparation during the summer. You fly to Denver in early-August (2015) and make your way to Grand Junction, Colorado where you spend two days in Grand Junction studying water resource issues and urban geography in the west before you head out on a 3-day river trip field course on the Colorado River. Our trip ends at the head of Westwater Canyon in Utah.
The Colorado River—a natural link between the high Rockies and Mexico, providing water to seven western states and traversing a myriad of canyons (J Dunn photo).
The time on the river is spent exploring field methods used to study geographic problems. Rivers are great arteries that connect places, and the Colorado River is a perfect example of a natural link between the Never Summer range of the Rockies and the Gulf of California. It also distributes water, a critical resource in the west, to seven states and Mexico. You learn how to generate geographic questions, identify and practice selected field methods, and appreciate the value of collecting primary data.
Dr. Jimmy Dunn has taught field courses since 1986 and offers annual trips for undergraduate students as well. He has also conducted field research on plant invasions along the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers.
This is an igneous intrusion found high up in Mee Canyon near its confluence with the Colorado River in far western Colorado (J Dunn photo).